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Whenever I am with Bailey, I am nursing her. I usually pump right after, to help increase my supply and I also pump every 2 hours when I am not with her, starting whenever her next feeding would be if I were with her. Here is my dilemma. As of yesterday, she is no nursing as well. She will suckle for 5 minutes if I am lucky, then drift off. The second I put her down she wakes again. I then put her back to the breast, and the cycle repeats with her falling asleep within about 5 minutes or so. Because of this, I have not been pumping after the feedings that are like this in fear of her finally being willing to nurse and me not having enough milk for her.
When I am not with her, she is bottle fed. We were using a gavage (sp?) cup, but since she is a very fussy baby, it was just stressing her out, causing her to pretty much have a panic attack. Her respiration's are already very fast so if we can prevent her from the intense screaming she does, we will. So I gave in to her using a nipple when I am not around.
We started the nipple Monday night. My question is since she started doing this falling asleep thing yesterday, can it be because she doesn't want to put in the effort of nursing? I was getting a bit frustrated since she hadn't eaten in over 5 hours this morning, so after her not staying awake to nurse I had pumped and bottle fed her the 45 ml I had gotten and she gobbled it right up.
My most important goal is to provide her with breastmilk for as long as possible. But I do not want to exclusively pump. My intentions where to only give her the bottle in the hospital then when she comes home to only give her a bottle when I return to work or am not with her. Now I am afraid, since she is already such a high-maintenance girl, that I am losing the battle and it hasn't been a week
I plan on keep offering the breast whenever she is hungry, and hope to not have to resort to giving her expressed milk in a bottle, but she screams constantly only stopping when my breast or a bottle is in her mouth...
Also, if I want to focus on the nursing, how and when should I pump? I need to pump about 6-8 oz per day to keep enough at the hospital for her when I am not there. When I don't have enough milk there they give her formula, but I am trying to prevent having to allow them to give her formula..
Again here I go with my babbling.. Any help or advice or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated!
Nicole: Tom's Wife [5.7.05]; Mommy of Thomas [9.6.05], Collin [1.17.08], & Bailey [10.2.09]